Basketball returning to venerable Veterans Memorial Coliseum

On the surface, it wasn’t significant.

In all the games played at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Marion County Fairgrounds over the decades — an inventory into the hundreds over roughly 45 years — it was just another game.

East Knox beat Cardington 45-38 in the Division III boys basketball sectional tournament.

Big deal.

Turns out it was a big deal.

In the stands that night was an eighth grader watching his big brother play on that court.

“I thought it was the coolest venue,” Tom Kenney said last week, remembering that long ago late winter night in 1992.

He was there to support his brother Rob, as Tom would later go on to an All-Ohio basketball career at Cardington, helping the Pirates to a Final Four appearance as a senior post player in 1996.

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